ELLIOT PAGE, LAVERNE COX AND OTHERS SHOW DIVERSITY IN HOLLYWOOD IS ABOUT MORE THAN RACE
Inclusion is evolving.Nowhere is this truer than in Hollywood, where there has been increased demand for improved representation by gender, sexuality, religion and opportunities for the disabled in the industry.The recent announcement by “Juno” star Elliot Page that they are transgender and identify as non-binary was greeted with surprise but also cheers by supporters and trans advocates alike. […]
Attitudes about the LGBTQ community and same-sex marriage started to shift, thanks in part to television personalities like Ellen DeGeneres and the late “Real World” cast member and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, and the sitcom series “Will & Grace.”Now, celebs like Page are helping to further educate people about the trans community.
Award-winning actress Laverne Cox, shown here at the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in LA on September 22, 2019, is an advocate for LGBTQ rights.Laverne Cox: The “Orange Is the New Black” star made history in 2015. Cox became the first openly transgender person to win a Daytime Emmy Award when she was honored as executive producer for “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.”close dialog
Former “Henry Danger” actor Michael D. Cohen revealed in 2019 to Time magazine that he had transitioned from female to male.Michael D. Cohen: The Nickelodeon actor told Time magazine last year that while he doesn’t use the term “transgender” to describe himself, he had transitioned from female to male.”I was misgendered at birth,” he said at the time. “I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience — a transgender journey.”Cohen, who has costarred on the series “Henry Danger,” said he chose to share his story to both help others and in protest of the rollback of rights for the trans community.His then teen costar, Jace Norman, told Time the revelation “didn’t change anything about the high level of respect and admiration I have for the guy,” and added, “it’s in the best interest of the entire world to have every type of person represented on TV.”
“Pose” director and trans woman Janet Mock made history with a multiyear Netflix deal in June 2019.Janet Mock: The former journalist is wielding a great deal of power behind the scenes these days.Mock is a writer/producer/director for the critically acclaimed FX series “Pose” and in 2019 broadened her Hollywood resume with a three-year, multimillion dollar Netflix deal.”There’s potential to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and showing people who may not understand us, that we can tell our own stories,” Mock said at the time.Such representation would not have been conceivable just a short time ago. It’s further evidence of the influence of Hollywood on our culture.
Article written by: Orville Lynch, Jr.
Mr. Lynch, a member of the legendary two-time Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Award winning Lynch Family. Mr. Lynch is a nationally recognized urban media executive with over 20+ years of diversity recruitment and serial entrepreneur with numerous multi-million dollar exits.